Progress and meaning in extreme sport activities

Date / Time: 20 January 2012 3-5pm
Venue: TC2.27

The Story of Progress and Meaning in Relation to Extreme Sport Activities

Sport & Leisure Studies Research Network invites you to attend a presentation by visiting scholar Dr. Christopher Cutri, Associate Professor, Brigham Young University.

Extreme sports such as big wave riding, slack lining, and extreme skateboarding are becoming ubiquitous with mainstream sport and leisure activities. What is the biggest wave a person can ride and survive? What is the longest length a person can slack line before falling to one’s death. How high can a skateboarder go off a ramp and land his or her jump? These questions posed by participant and viewer are invariably connected to the notion of progress. Through accomplishing these physical feats of spectacle, a sense of human progress, whether mental or physical, seems to be accomplished.

In this presentation, Christopher will explore this notion of progress in relation to extreme sports and what sense of meaning a participant gains from these activities. How the media constructs and gives meaning to these stories will also be explored. Sparking discussion with those in attendance at the presentation, he hopes to interrogate the circumstances of increased leisure time for certain sectors of society and the potential burden leisure time imposes on youth from these echelons throughout the world in their efforts to create meaningful lives. Also, issues of gender will be examined and how the differences of meaning while participating in these activities are created and interpreted by both men and women. Additional areas for further exploration during the presentation include how the search for meaning through participation in extreme sports can perhaps be a substitute or alternative to creating meaning through interactions with other humans in an effort to work toward a greater good.

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